Immigration

South Dakota’s View on Tariffs, Trump and the Impact on Agriculture

Political pundits Dave Roetman and Aaron Matson weigh in on the bigger issues plaguing South Dakota and the nation

What sort of a lasting impact will the President’s threat of a tariff on Mexico have on trade and the future flow of immigration? Our local political pundits, Dave Roetman with the South Dakota GOP and Aaron Matson with the state Democratic Party, understandably do not agree on an answer. Matson believes the President hasn’t done much new to negotiate,…

Trump Shakes Up Leadership at Homeland Security Department

FILE – In this Monday, March 18, 2019, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington. In a tweet on Sunday, April 7, 2019, President Donald Trump said he’s accepted Nielsen’s resignation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump’s growing frustration and…

Lincoln High Students Share Their Immigration Stories

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Moving to a new home can be very challenging.  However, immigrants and refugees have it tougher than anyone. “We want people to know, not just assume things that are going on because you can’t judge a book by its cover.  So you want to know about where they came from and the things they went through…

White House To Unveil Immigration Plan Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday. That’s according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders won’t say whether that framework will include a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the country as children and living here illegally. But she says that it will include…

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were appealing to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ in a separate news release said it…

Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal For ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases – first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system. Trump on Tuesday held a lengthy meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration. The president says he would need…

GOP Lawmaker Starting Group On Immigration, Refugee Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Neal Tapio says he will form a legislative work group to examine state immigration and refugee resettlement programs in South Dakota. The Republican from Watertown said Monday the group would analyze the programs’ “financial and societal” effects on state and local governments. Tapio says the group will be made up of lawmakers, but won’t…

Trump: Government Shutdown Could Happen Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a government shutdown “could happen” Saturday, and he is blaming it on Democrats’ stance on immigration. Speaking Wednesday before a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration plans. He says they are “looking at something that is dangerous for our country.” Some Democrats have called for a…

Thousands In US Ready To Rally Against Trump, For Workers

NEW YORK (AP) – Several hundred teachers picketed outside Philadelphia schools early Monday as thousands more immigrants and union members across the United States prepared a series of strikes, boycotts and marches to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The demonstrations on May Day, celebrated as International Workers’ Day, follow similar actions worldwide in which protesters from the Philippines to…

Sioux Falls Businesses Join “A Day Without Immigrants”

Nationwide Protests Break Out In Response To President Trump's Immigration Policies

Thousands of protesters demonstrated against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy on Thursday across the nation. It was a movement called “A Day Without Immigrants.” Businesses closed down for the day and some students did not go to school. Juan Bonilla, President of Global Voice in Sioux Falls, made a call on Sunday on his radio show for Sioux Falls businesses…

Amended SD Refugee Bill Takes Lawmakers Out Of Vetting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would require state lawmakers’ seal of approval on refugee resettlements in South Dakota was amended and unanimously passed its first test. The Senate State Affairs Committee approved amending the bill Wednesday to require private refugee resettlement groups to provide certain information about the process – like services provided, demographics and the number of…

South Dakota Considers Bill Controlling Refugee Resettlement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill giving state lawmakers control over refugee resettlements in South Dakota will get its first hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday will debate a proposal to prohibit new refugee resettlement agreements in South Dakota without prior approval from the Legislature. The proposal would take some responsibility away from Lutheran…

Protesters Gathered Outside Rep. Noem’s Office

Gather To Voice Displeasure With Rep. Noem's Support Of Trump Immigration Order

SIOUX FALLS – More than a dozen people piled outside of Representative Kristi Noem’s office in Sioux Falls to protest President Trump’s Immigration order. About 20 people with signs spent roughly an hour outside the 300 building in downtown Sioux Falls. They were voicing their displeasure with Representative Noem’s support of President Trump’s order to block immigrants from seven Muslim-dominant…

Mayo Clinic Officials Worry About Travel Ban’s Impact

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Officials at the Mayo Clinic are worried that President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries could prevent some patients from getting life-saving medical care. Mayo says around 20 of its patients may be affected by the 90-day travel ban, while another 80 staff, physicians or scholars associated with the medical center have ties…

SD Delegates Respond To Trump’s Travel Ban

PIERRE – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she supports a temporary pause on refugees from “terrorist-held” areas in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Noem says that she shares Trump’s concerns about America’s ability to screen refugees. The Republican congresswoman says her first priority is the safety of the American people. Trump signed an order Friday suspending…

Dozens Gather At SD Airport To Protest Immigration Orders

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– Dozens of people have gathered at the Rapid City Regional Airport to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order. KNBN-TV reports the demonstrators prayed for refugees and sang songs during Sunday’s rally. Speakers also talked about why they were there to support refugees, after Trump’s order that temporarily bans entry to the U.S. for people from certain…

Spokesman Says Trump Seeks 20 Percent Tax On Mexican Imports

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to help him enact “great and lasting change” during a party retreat Thursday but offered few details. Later his spokesman said the president will seek a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a proposed border wall. The president was greeted by cheers as he took the stage…

Obama Scrapping ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy For Cubans

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately. The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from…